Archive | June 2015



Over at Less is More the challenge for this week is “Sunset”, I used Gelatos in yellow orange red and a peachy colour to acheive my sunset coloured background. They really do blend better when used on cardstock that has been given a thin coat of gesso. Onto this I stamped Provence by Sheena Douglass and used Distress Ink to add a little colour to the flowers. The little dots were cut using a hole punch from the leftover card from trimming the image.  Short and sweet tonight my bed is calling.

Sleeping Face

I’m entering this in the following challenge   Wk 227 colour “Sunset” at   7703e-lim2bfor2bblinkie


Flowers for Justyna

SD 3The nicest thing about making cards is when the recipient really loves the card and appreciates that you made it just for them.

These cards are two of those, Justyna is a lovely women who made me feel very welcome at my new job, so for her birthday  I made her this blue poppy card. The flowers are from Sheena Douglass Victorian Floral stamp and die sets, this one is the Poppy set. The card,sentiment and the flowers was coloured using Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. After shaping a little Midnight Blue Stickles in the middle of the flowers and a spray of Pearl Diamond Spray & Sparkle and they were ready to assemble and pop on the card. For the leaves I used Mowed Lawn and Evergreen Bough.The Happy Birthday was cut using a Die’sire die, they have a great range of new word dies out have a look here, they are so useful and cut beautifully.

The second card was ordered by my daughter Laura. She so loved her birthday card that I made her she wanted one for her friends 30th birthday. ( the card I made for her is in a previous post Lillies For Laura )

SD 1For this card I used the Anemone set and coloured using Cosmic Shimmer Iridescent Watercolour Paints in Yellow Sun, Purple Violet,Frosted Mallow and Rose Hue. The leaves are cut from green card with a little paint to add shimmer. The background was embossed with an Embossalicious folder.  I love using these Die and Stamp sets from Sheena they make such beautiful flowers that these have become firm favourite.

Mixed media – Butterfly


For this project I started with a piece of corrugated cardboard, using a pen I scored along the groves to expose the ribs then I gave it a good coat of gesso. Next came texture paste and stencils.

butterfly2Whilst that was drying I stamped the butterflies and coloured using Spectrum Noir pencils. The stamps are all by Sheena Douglass, Butterfly Effect and True Colours, the sentiments are also from these sets.


Back to the background now its dry…. lots of spraying and letting the colour run into each other and some blotting with kitchen roll, the colours I used were Dusty Concord Distress Spray Stain,Electric Blue, Mint and Gold Stone Docrafts Spritzing Ink. In this picture you can see the script stamping in black Archival ink and also the rings in Brown Archival . The netting is a scrap from a bridesmaid dress that my sister made for my daughter!


I shaped the butterflies before attaching, cut up the sentiment and coloured with the kitchen roll that I used to blot the background, then a little pebeo gilding wax on the raised areas and stop.

Sue’s party table decorations


These are the first 2 of 10 table decorations that I’m making for my sister Sue’s 60th birthday party. She loves sewing and gardening so those are the two themes I’m using.

To make these clean a glass jar with surgical spirits and coat the jar with gesso and then once dry paint with matt paint. I used two different colours and also splattered with Walnut Distress Stain. This stage takes a while as you really need to let each layer dry before adding the next, but once dry it’s time to decorate. 🙂

bottles3 For this jar I used Sheena Douglass Floral Fantasy stamped onto copy paper which I coloured with Spectrum Noirs, fussy cut and used bookbinding glue (it was on my craft table !!) to paste onto the jar.


I stamped the word Bluebell’s from the same set and added some twine and a few lilac gems. Then I added some more lilac gems. 🙂


For this jar I used images from a paperpad, mulberry paper flowers, buttons and a real needle and thread. I made sure to tuck the point of the needle behind a button!

 2 down only 8 more to go… when they’re all done I will show you them with their photo holders in place. Must remember to get some oasis.


SD hummingbird

What a busy week I’ve had, May is always a busy month with so many family birthdays but June is set to be a busy month too with lots of crafting to do for my sisters 60th birthday celebrations in the first week of July. I will post pictures of the projects as I complete them. It has been lovely weather this weekend so have spent time in my garden but when the sun goes down it’s time to craft 🙂

So onto this little project….. I started with a 5 x 7 canvas and used some texture paste and a mask to add the dots which I then  covered with gesso, when dry I used Distress Stains in Dusty Concord, Spun sugar and Faded Jeans to colour and a little pearlised white sprinting ink to lighten and add shimmer. The stamps are from Sheena Douglass ” Hummingbird”. I stamped, heat embossed and coloured using Distress inks. After fussy cutting out the humingbird and hibiscus I used 3d gel to attach. Finally stamping the sentiment and cutting  into a banner shape ,shaping and attaching with 3d gel. I hope you like it … back soon.